One Minute Drone came out the idea of trying things that other people don't. I had seen someone asking about making drone music and people saying something like "well the first thing you got to understand about drone music is they are going to be long." I thought when I seen that "aha, there's an assumption everyone makes, I'll see what happens when I do the opposite."
Being lazy and busy I thought what I would do was to write some programs --I'm always keen to write some programs. So, this is all computer generated... I ran the Grove of Whispers archive through a script that cut everything into 60 second segments, adding fade-ins and fade-outs, to make tracks that were exactly 60 seconds long. The resulting tracks were randomized into collections of 60 tracks of 60 seconds each. One of these was selected at random for release.
An hour of drones that can be played at random. Played in order they are already played at random.
The titles are all generated via another program that did a kind of Dadaist cut-up technique. The results were then further massaged to add or remove nonsense. The idea I had was that the titles would be longer than the piece of music that each was attached to.
I had done this several months back and had thought to rearrange or cull the tracks that don't fit. But then I realized that this went against the idea (conceit) of having it as machine generated as possible.
When I listened to the result I thought "well that didn't work at all." But listening again several months later I feel it's not half bad and at least an interesting experiment.
A kind of greatest hits collection of early Grove of Whispers drone music. Except that it's curated by the hand of God. Like all Grove of Whispers really, but that's a story for another day. Or not. -- John Tocher
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